Former Afghanistan POW Bergdahl discharged from hospital: Army

Sun Jun 22, 2014 7:26pm EDT

U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Berghdal is pictured in this undated handout photo provided by the U.S. Army and received by Reuters on May 31, 2014. REUTERS/U.S. Army/Handout via Reuters

U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Berghdal is pictured in this undated handout photo provided by the U.S. Army and received by Reuters on May 31, 2014.

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(Reuters) - U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, who spent five years as a Taliban prisoner of war before being released last month, has been discharged from a military hospital in Texas and will continue treatment as an outpatient, the Army said Sunday.

Bergdahl was transferred from Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, to the nearby Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, said Army spokeswoman Lieutenant Colonel Carol McClelland.

"It’s a sign of progression, showing he's no longer a patient of a hospital," McClelland said.

Bergdahl's next phase of recovery, during which he'll continue to get medical care and undergo psychological treatment tailored for soldiers who have spent time in captivity, could last anywhere from a few days to a month, McClelland said.

Bergdahl was handed over to U.S. forces in Afghanistan on May 31 in exchange for five Taliban leaders held at the Guantanamo prison in Cuba.

His release sparked an initial wave of support that was quickly overshadowed by a political uproar over the freeing of the senior members of the Taliban.

Lawmakers criticized the Obama administration for failing to give them 30 days' notice before transferring prisoners from Guantanamo as required by law.

Some charged that in making the exchange, the administration had effectively violated its policy against negotiating with terrorists.

In addition, some of Bergdahl's former Army comrades have come forward to say they believe he deliberately abandoned his post in Afghanistan.

(Reporting by Jonathan Kaminsky; Editing by Edith Honan and Eric Walsh)

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Comments (7)
tony4 wrote:
One week back in the states, and he’s an outpatient already. Read the histories of Vietnam and WWII POWs who returned. It took them years to recover physically.Difference? They weren’t deserters. they were actually brutalized.

Jun 22, 2014 8:26pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
ccsccs123 wrote:
Deserter traded for 5 high profile terrorists, an awful decision.

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JoeSchmoe123 wrote:
Does anyone know, if Bergdahl would have asked, could he have been transferred to some other facility during his tour of duty?

Jun 22, 2014 10:50pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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